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‘Brilliant’ training ground

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PAM MENDIOLA joins sis Jessy in show biz.

It’s impossible to become another Brillante Ma. Mendoza (a.k.a. Direk Dante). The next best thing would probably be to attend the first-ever workshop mounted by the Cannes-winning filmmaker’s Centerstage Productions. It will be held March 31 to April 5 at Brillante’s “Secret Garden,” 947 Busilak St., Barangka, Mandaluyong.

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Did You Know…

Centerstage Production, Inc. will hold the First Brillante Ma. Mendoza Film Workshop from March 31 to April 5. Among the lecturers are acclaimed Filipino scriptwriter Armando Lao and cinematographers Odyssey Flores (of the Philippines) and Trevor Hone (of Australia). Call 0916-7700228 and 0917-2794755. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Mendoza heads French festival jury

VESOUL jury head Brillante Ma. Mendoza. Photo by JILSON SECKLER TIU

Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza heads the main competition jury at this year’s Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, set Feb. 11-18 in France.

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2 PH films in Portland fest

Two Filipino films will be screened at the 37th Portland International Film Festival in Oregon on Feb. 6 to 22. Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” will be shown on Feb. 15 and 20; Hannah Espia’s “Transit,” Feb. 13 and 15.

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Ex-wife defends Vhong Navarro

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Bianca Lapus. FILE PHOTO

What happened to funnyman Vhong Navarro is no laughing matter. Seeing Vhong black and blue makes my heart bleed. Whatever the story behind the story is, may truth and justice prevail.

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5 PH films in Geneva

NADINE Samonte and Barbara Miguel in “Nuwebe”

Five Filipino films will be shown in the Black Movie International Festival of Independent Films in Geneva, Switzerland, ongoing until Jan. 26.

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Brillante’s surprise entry for PDI fest

BRILLANTE Ma. Mendoza. Bayani San Diego Jr.

Cannes winner Brillante Ma. Mendoza is showing two films in the 1st Inquirer Indie Bravo! festival. Apart from “Ang Kamera” (from the 2013 Venice Future Reloaded), his HIV-awareness short, “Eternal,” will have its world premiere Tuesday in the 7p.m.-9 p.m. slot. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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‘Sapi’ in Brisbane

Brillante Ma. Mendoza Inquirer File Photo

Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Sapi” was recently shown at the Brisbane International Film Festival. The film was described as “deeply unsettling and gleefully macabre… edgy provocation in an age of 24-hour news.” Mendoza was cited for his “lethal satirical eye and a spine-tingling sense of atmosphere.” Last year, his “Thy Womb” had sold-out screenings in the same fest.

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Fearless, peerless Brillante

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BRILLANTE Ma. Mendoza and Dennis Trillo welcome guests at the premiere of “Sapi” in SM Megamall.

It was such a delight to see filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza whom I fondly call mon ami (my friend) at the premiere night of his latest obra maestra, “Sapi” at SM Megamall last week.

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‘Thy Womb’ a jewel of world cinema

Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Nora Aunor lead the cast of “Thy Womb” Photo: Thy Womb official FB page

Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” is included in Around the World in 14 Films, an event that will screen “jewels of world cinema” in Berlin from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7. Also in the fest are Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

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Brillante Mendoza makes a different kind of thriller on the horrors of network war

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BRILLANTE Ma. Mendoza. Bayani San Diego Jr.

As a post-Halloween treat, Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza will unveil his latest work, the first genre movie in his acclaimed career, “Sapi,” in local theaters.

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Mendoza joins Eurasian fest jury

Brillante Mendoza. AFP FILE PHOTO

Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza was chosen to be part of the jury of the 9th Eurasia International Film Festival, to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Sept. 16-21.

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